The eleventh manifestation of the Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair is taking place in the Parkinson Court at the University of Leeds, following last year’s very successful relocation, enabling this internationally recognised annual event to develop. This development not only encompasses a greater number of participating artists and publishers, with more visitors able to attend and spend the appropriate time to discover and appreciate the wide variety of work on view over the two day period, but expands the context of the event and its object – the medium of the artist’s book.
The catalogue of the book fair is also widely disseminated and functions as a comprehensive record representing the participants well beyond the place and time of the event itself. This year the diversity of participation includes artists and publishers from across the UK, many other European countries and from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea. The extensive range of work is presented by individual artists and collectives, colleges, rare book sellers, educators, publishers and distributors.
As part of the widening programme, we also presented From Book To Book at the Leeds City Art Gallery, alongside a series of artist book surgeries and workshops led by specialists John McDowall, Les Bicknell and Sarah Mitchell, covering the specific aspects of the development of ideas and narratives into a book; the assessment of appropriate materials, format and binding; and the pragmatics of publishing and marketing.